A Life of Unlearning: One Man's Journey to Find the Truth Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
On the surface, Anthony Venn-Brown was a happily married father of two and an evangelist preacher for the Assemblies of God Church; but he was living a lie. Tired of feeling torn and fragmented, he confessed and came out, and the results of that confession took him on a lonely journey that made him who he is today.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 55 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 28, 2006|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #220,993 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#236 in LGBTQ+ Studies (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,051 in Biographies of Religious Figures
#2,635 in LGBTQ+ Demographic Studies
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The author was experiencing cognitive dissonance in the worst possible context ever- as a Pastor of an Evangelical Super church in Australia. Affirming churches did not exist during this time and these churches were ultra conservative. So much so, that their paradigms consisted of seeing homosexuality as an abomination and as a sin.
There are several instances, which exuded my own pathos:
I felt the author’s pain and humiliation when he had to stand in front of the church and come out to a group of people who condemned and excommunicated him. Also, I mostly felt the most empathy toward the author’s wife Helen because she was completely blind-sided, and she was completely devoted to her husband and their two daughters while he was exploring relationships with men outside of his marriage. I wanted to hear more of her voice-I feel that this would have enriched the author’s narrative and it would added more layers and depth to his story. Lastly, I was sad to see that once the author decided to begin his new life with his true sexual identity and being a partner to Jason, I was devastated that he ended up being a victim of an abusive relationship. I did feel that he spent too much detail on his dalliances and I would have liked to know more about Jason’s past such as did he have PTSD? Was he victimized by abuse? What were his triggers?
As a gay evangelical Christian, my journey was much different than the author’s in that I repressed my sexuality until I knew that it was justifiable to be Gay and Christian. I wondered what the author’s journey would have been if he had come out in 2015 in the era of the Gay Christian Network and other organizations that affirm LGBT Christians. I am left to wonder what his narrative would have looked like today.
Marcia Moore MSW, RSW